Plymouth READS, sponsored by The Friends of the Plymouth Library, Hennepin County Library Plymouth, the City of Plymouth, and the Plymouth Arts Council is proud to announce its annual book selection for  2018: Locally Laid by Lucie Amundsen.

In this refreshingly humorous memoir, Amundsen shares how she and her husband started a pasture-raised chicken farm, and why she believes farms like theirs are vital to rebuilding America’s food system. You will enjoy the book and the opportunity to hear her speak at Plymouth Creek Center on Sunday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm.

In its ninth year, Plymouth READS selects a community read to spark conversation, find common ground and foster learning and discovery in the Plymouth community. Copies of this year’s book are available at Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N.

Related events take place throughout April, exploring the themes of the book and bringing community members together. All events take place at Plymouth Library unless otherwise noted.


On Tuesday, April 3 –  7:00 p.m., join Star Tribune food editor Lee Svitak Dean for “Secrets of the Local Food Scene,” where she’ll discuss her career in food and dish on local restaurants, co-ops and farmers’ markets.


On Tuesday, April 17 –  7:00 p.m., Atina Diffley, author of 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” will answer “Why Organic?”, and share her story about beating the odds to build a successful organic farming business in Minnesota.


Join community members for a moderated discussion of “Locally Laid” at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21 or 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.


Meet the Author: Lucie Amundsen will speak, answer questions and sign books on Sunday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Creek Center. Books will be available for purchase.


Throughout the month of April Plymouth Library is growing herbs! Check out the foyer display from Common Table and take home some recipes.

For more information, go to READS/ or call Plymouth Library at 612-543-5825.

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To spark conversation, find common ground, and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book.


  • Build compassion by challenging readers to heed another’s experience
  • Revive and revel in the joy of reading
  • Celebrate the diverse cultures and beliefs in Plymouth
  • Provide high quality, fun opportunities to come together
  • Cultivate pride in Plymouth—for the City, library, businesses, organizations, and all residents


Book Selection Criteria:

    • Reflects the mission and goals of PLYMOUTHREADS in an appreciable way.
    • Well-written and readable,with broad appeal
    • Available in multiple formats – audio, eBook, large print, etc.
    • Multifaceted themes that inspire supporting events to further engage and add context
    • Preference for:
      • an author with a Minnesota connection
      • a living author who can speak at Literary Night of Primavera, Springtime Celebration of the Arts


2017 Book:

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

2016 Book:

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell


2015 Book:

Vacationland by Sarah Stonich



2014 Book:

Holiday Inn by Kevin Kling



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2013 Book:

Spirit Car by Diane Wilson

Spirit Car book cover

2012 Book:

Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

2011 Book:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett



 2010 Book:

Population 485 by Michael Perry